Staff

Kenna Garrett


  •   Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   Member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  •   PLA#: MT21706190
  •   National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: 
  •    Speaks some Spanish
  •   Customized Therapeutics: Integrated Deep Tissue for Pain Management, Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT), Myofascial Release (MFR), Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Therapeutic Massage, Orthopedic and Medical Massage Therapy, Biomechanics, Prenatal Massage, Geriatric Massage, Couples Massage, Aromatherapy and Chair Massage

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning," - Benjamin Franklin


As massage grows within the medical community, so does Kenna's determination as she integrates a targeted, evidence-based approach to treat those experiencing pain & dysfunction. Kenna's love for knowledge & restoring movement and function to clients truly guides her life path and brings her joy. 

Trained in a variety of healing modalities, Kenna is an asset to our team. She brings with her a strong desire to learn & share information to help her clients both reach & exceed their goals. As an Ivy Tech graduate with an AAS in Therapeutic Massage, Kenna is able to work with clients experiencing a wide range of issues. Her skills and knowledge of muscle imbalances and biomechanical assessment enable her to more effectively assess, treat and educate her clients.

Kenna is currently in progress of completing a more comprehensive Certification in Infant & Pediatric Massage, as well as obtaining her ability to teach classes to parents and other caregivers. Future Continuing Education includes (as of May 2019) Barnes' Myofascial Release & CranioSacral Therapy! Besides those mentioned, Kenna's therapeutic specialties include Integrated Deep Tissue for Pain Management, Lymph Drainage, Orthopedic and Medical Massage Therapy, Prenatal & Deep Relaxation Massage.

Kenna is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).

 




Chelsey Gilbert


  •   Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   Certification in Cupping Therapy
  •   Certified Crystal Healing Therapist (CCH)
  •   Member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  •   PLA#: MT21806433
  •   National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: 
  •   Customized Therapeutics: Cupping Therapy, Myofascial Release (MFR), Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Therapeutic Massage, Orthopedic and Medical Massage Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Geriatric Massage, Couples Massage, Swedish Relaxation/Wellness Massage, Aromatherapy and Chair Massage

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves," - Buddha


Chelsey, an Ivy Tech graduate, holds an AAS in Therapeutic Massage, a Certification in Cupping Therapy and is a Certified Crystal Healer through an accredited program through the Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy. Chelsey's love is to use the fusion of both Eastern and Western techniques to treat those experiencing pain & dysfunction with a holistic, well-rounded approach.

Trained in a variety of healing modalities, Chelsey is able to work with clients experiencing a wide range of issues.  Chelsey helps her clients reach and even exceed their goals due to her background in co-treating clients with other skilled healthcare practitioners.  Her skills and knowledge of muscle imbalances and biomechanical assessment enable her to more effectively assess, treat and educate her clients. Some of her continuing education has been in Cupping Therapy and Crystal Healing, and soon to be (as of May 2019) Barnes' Myofascial Release & CranioSacral Therapy! Besides those mentioned, Chelsey's therapeutic specialties include Integrated Deep Tissue for Pain Management, Orthopedic and Medical Massage Therapy, Prenatal, Reflexology, Hot Stone & Deep Relaxation Massage.

Chelsey is a member of the Americal Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).




Amy Jo Prince


  •  Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   Licensed Massage Therapist in Texas (LMT)
  •   PLA#: MT21505658
  •   Member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  •   Customized Therapeutics: Therapeutic Massage, Integrated Deep Tissue Therapy for Pain Relief, Myofascial Release (Structural Integration and Barnes MFR), Thai-Shiatsu Bodywork, Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Sports Massage, Acupressure, Meridian Therapy and Reflexology

"It is necessary that one learn to release tension in order to improve the circulation of Ki (life energy) and obtain a balance in basic bodily processes. Balance in our physical body is contingent on a balance between the mind and the body. Suppleness of the body indicates a flexible posture physically and mentally." - Shizuto Masunaga


Amy Jo joined Vital Living in August, 2016. She lived in Austin, Texas for 12 years prior to moving back to Fort Wayne and in Bermuda and Hawaii before that. She joined the Navy at 18 and between Virginia Beach and Atlanta she served for 7 years.

Her interest in Massage Therapy began at The Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado in 2008 where she learned Myofascial Release and Structural Integration. She has since expanded her Myofascial Release (MFR) training with John F. Barnes, the renowned expert of MFR.  Amy Jo graduated from A New Beginning School of Massage in 2012 in Austin, Texas.  It was there that she discovered another love – Shiatsu (Japanese Bodywork) and Thai Massage (Thailand Bodywork) which together incorporate a traditional combination of acupressure, energy meridian work and yoga-like stretching for an invigorating albeit relaxing and balancing experience. (Thai-Shiatsu is done on a mat on the floor with the client wearing loose comfortable clothing.)  Her Myofascial Release (MFR), Thai-Shiatsu Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy work wonders in helping relieve symptoms of neuropathy, PTSD, migraines, hip dysfunction, low back pain, etc… and are ideal for those wanting to relieve pain and reconnect their body and mind.

Amy Jo loves using her treatment skills with tri-athletes, runners, walkers, cyclists, and fitness enthusiasts. She finds her skill set especially beneficial for dancers, yogis and musicians, as well as, people in general who are looking for the medical benefits of Therapeutic Massage. 

Amy Jo has been entranced with dance from a young age and has had a special love affair with belly dancing for the past 17 years. She was the President of the Austin Bellydance Association for 3 years.  An event that is dear to her heart is the Camparet Bellydance Camp in Texas which she returns to yearly to work with 50 belly dancers.  Amy Jo also enjoys yoga, photography, bonsai, gardening and cooking. We can tell you she’s also an excellent writer.




Cindy Moser


  •   Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   Advanced Certification in Medical Massage Therapy
  •   Community Outreach Coordinator
  •   Member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  •   PLA#: MT20902380
  •   National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: 1770952053
  •   Customized Therapeutics: Therapeutic Massage, Orthopedic and Medical Massage Therapy, Cupping Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Geriatric Massage, Couples Massage, Swedish Relaxation/Wellness Massage, Reflexology, Raindrop Therapy, Aromatherapy and Chair Massage

Cindy’s greatest passion in life is helping other people and massage therapy has been a naturally unfolding part of her life, starting as a child. Cindy graduated from Ivy Tech with her AAS degree in Therapeutic Massage in 2007 and prior to that received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration with a Specialty in Business Management in 1995. Cindy completed an intensive year-long Medical Massage program and has her Advanced Certification in Medical Massage Therapy.

Cindy loves the holistic approach to health that massage therapy and bodywork provide. Utilizing many different massage modalities, the majority of her experience has been in the field of health & fitness. Her practice has included adolescents to geriatrics and has spanned prenatal massage to deep tissue therapy and sports massage on giants… well, not really but the Fort Wayne Mad Ants are pretty tall!

Cindy’s quality of touch melts stress and anxiety. Her quality of touch, her evaluation and assessment skills combined with her “internal radar” and medical massage are some of her greatest strengths. She excels at detailed muscle work and getting to the core of the problem. What we hear most from her clients is, “No one has ever done that before! Oh my gosh, I can’t believe the difference!” Clients love her work and often schedule all of their appointments three to six months out. Cindy still has openings though so don’t hesitate to call.

Cindy is very dedicated to her family (her husband and three daughters) as well as helping others. Cindy says, “God has given me the skills and talents I have so that I may use them to help others – I need to use these gifts well.”




Gayle Zuber


  •   Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   PLA#: MT20900146
  •   Member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  •   Therapeutic Massage: Geriatric Massage, Oncology and Hospice Massage, Wellness & Deep Relaxation Massage, Prenatal Massage, Hot Stone Massage and Couples Massage

“I’ve experienced the transformative benefits of massage physically, emotionally and mentally with my clients of all ages and believe massage is an essential component in any quality health program as well as end of life care. It doesn’t hurt that it happens to be all natural and feels wonderful!” - Gayle Zuber


Gayle has been in practice at Vital Living since graduating from Center for Vital Living in 2001. Her welcoming smile, reassuring manner and nurturing touch create an immediate rapport with her clients. That and her expertise in Oncology and Hospice Massage make her a perfect match for individuals of all ages who have cancer or any other debilitating disease who need physical or emotional support or pain management. Stressed family members also find massage extremely beneficial.

Gayle was our community Hospice Massage Therapist for 8 years and retired from that in May, 2019.  She is available part-time through the week and on Saturdays by calling Vital Living WellSpa rather than booking online. She creates a healing sanctuary that invites you to let go and relax deeply.




Karen Gorrell


  •   RN, Nurse Massage Therapist (NMT)
  •   Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   PLA#: MT20900081
  •   Member of the American Massage Council
  •   Customized Therapy: Integrated Deep Tissue Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Relaxation Massage, Aromatherapy, Raindrop Therapy and Energy Work

“My passion for massage began with receiving my mother’s head & neck massages many years ago. The message was clear: there are alternative ways of dealing with pain and symptoms. Nursing has benefited my massage journey; massage has certainly enhanced my nursing practice. Therapeutic Massage covers many forms of massage. My approach is very eclectic and energy work is so ingrained in my massage therapy that the two have become one. That’s what makes the biggest difference in healing.” - Karen Gorrell


Karen’s Green Thumb - Jasmine Plant

Karen has been an RN for over 30 years in intensive care and home health nursing. The past 14 years have been with Community Home Health Care in Nursing Case Management. Karen states, “I really expected nursing to change my massage but what has surprised me is that exactly the opposite has happened. Massage Therapy has affected my nursing much more. I notice so much more about my patients now. My nursing assessments are definitely more well-rounded.”

Karen’s mom was also an RN and in fact took the Integrative Massage class at Vital Living with Karen because they thought it would be a fun thing for them to do together. Her mom was 86 at the time and holds the distinction of being our oldest student! Karen definitely has her mom’s liveliness and sense of humor. Karen graduated from Center for Vital Living; dba Vibrant Life Resources in 2000. Her love of people is apparent in the work she does and that quality comes through in her reassuring, nurturing quality of touch. Everyone and everything around her seems to bloom! Her patients and clients love her and her flowers and garden are gorgeous.




Kris Lamborne


  •   Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •  Certified Cupping Therapist
  •   PLA#: MT20900187
  •   Member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  •   Customized Therapeutics: Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Couples Massage, Oncology Massage, Deep Relaxation Massage, Reflexology, Raindrop Therapy and Healing Touch

“I have been a Certified Massage Therapist for 15 years. I find my clients are usually looking for relief from stress or discomfort due to past injuries or illness. Whether you are an athlete, cancer patient, geriatric client, pregnant mom or a regular Joe, getting consistent, regular massage therapy is the key to staying healthy and pain-free. You take your car in for regular maintenance – do the same for yourself. Your health is invaluable – massage is essential.” - Kris Lamborne


Artwork by Kris

Kris graduated as valedictorian from Center for Vital Living in 2004. She provides therapeutic massage, reflexology and healing touch for adults of all ages, but she has a special love for Oncology Massage. Although Kris works with individuals who have experienced various types of cancer, she has a personal interest in women who have dealt with breast cancer. She loves pampering all of her clients and making every massage special. Kris typically takes a full-body approach in her treatment but her detail work is excellent as you can see with her skill set listed above.

Vital Living WellSpa is privileged to have a lot of artistic talent within our staff and Kris did much of our original artwork and does much of our holiday decorating. Massage therapy is an art as well as a science. The heart has the ability to promote healing and effect change on multiple levels through the artistic aspect of massage. Knowledge and skill are very essential components of the scientific aspect of massage.  Kris offers the perfect blend of both and her heart shines through in everything she does.




Kristen Newman


  •   Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   Licensed Esthetician (LE)
  •   Advanced Certification in Medical Massage Therapy
  •   Certified in Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and Fascial Movement Taping
  •   B.A. in Psychology
  •   PLA#: MT21304891
  •   National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: 1073982690
  •   Member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  •   Customized Therapeutics: Therapeutic Massage, Orthopedic and Medical Massage, Myofascial Release (MFR), Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and Fascial Movement Taping, Deep Tissue Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Couples Massage, Reflexology, Raindrop Therapy, Aromatherapy and Fijian Massage
  •   Customized Aesthetics: Full Menu of Skin Care Services – Facials, Enzymes, Chemical Peels, Extractions, Luminosity Body Scrubs and Waxing

Vital Living welcomed Kristen to our team in October 2014. We searched a long time for an experienced and dually Certified Massage Therapist and Licensed Esthetician with the flexibility to provide Vital Living clients with Professional Skin Care and/or Therapeutic Bodywork. Coincidentally, Kristen was recommended by two different professionals in the same week. We are very pleased to have Kristen with us.

ZIVA, Kristen’s best friend!

Kristen has been passionate about Aesthetics for over 10 years (Masters of Cosmetology, 2004) and decided to go back to school to expand her education in Massage Therapy, graduating from Ivy Tech in 2013. Kristen completed an intensive year-long Medical Massage program and has her Advanced Certification in Medical Massage Therapy. Her Myofascial Release and Craniosacral training has been with John Barnes, the renowned expert of MFR. Kristen loves learning all that she can to assist her clients on their journey toward wellness. Now she lives her dream and provides healing services in both, Aesthetics and Massage Therapy.

Kristen is very conscientious and genuinely cares about her clients. Along with her husband, another big love in Kristen’s life is her 15-year-old cockapoo named Ziva (yes, from NCIS).




Lauren Suzanne


  •   Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   Certified Yoga Instructor (CYI)
  •   BS in Exercise Physiology and Psychology
  •   Member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  •   PLA#: MT21304814
  •   National Provider Identifier (NPI) #:1083081400
  •   Customized Therapy: Full Body Therapeutic Massage and Relaxation, Myofascial Massage, Integrated Deep Tissue Therapy, Couples Massage 

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia.


It’s a fact that touch is a basic human need and the profound effect that touch can have is evident in Lauren’s work. Caring touch by its nature is relaxing, nurturing and healing. Lauren believes that Therapeutic Massage balances and rejuvenates from the inside out….as well as from the outside in!

Lauren has been working with Vital Living WellSpa since December 2011. She graduated from Ivy Tech with her AAS in Therapeutic Massage in 2012 and that was her third degree. She has a BS in Exercise Physiology and a BS in Psychology from Ball State University. In addition, Lauren is a Certified Yoga Instructor, practicing yoga since 1998 and in the Fort Wayne area since 2010.

Beautiful Yoga Pigeon Pose

Her yoga teaching style focuses on body mechanics, ease of movement and a relaxed sense of awareness – being more in touch with your body. She synthesizes her experience in yoga, exercise physiology and assessment skills in massage therapy to identify participants’ tight and restricted areas and through yoga assists them in correcting those postures. However, many times the soft tissue restrictions are such that bodywork (massage) is needed, after which yoga helps the individual maintain their alignment and flexibility. At Vital Living, Lauren puts the puzzle pieces together and uses Therapeutic Massage and Myofascial Massage to relieve pain and improve function. She does all of that and makes her client feel wonderful at the same time!

Through her love and knowledge of yoga, fitness and wellness, Lauren’s practice of massage endeavors to assist each client in finding that unique balance of body and spirit. She recommends appropriate self-care treatments and stretches along with stress relieving exercises that are mentally and emotionally calming to reduce inflammatory stress hormones that contribute to pain. The result is improved physical as well as relational aspects of life.

“I look forward to making a positive difference in your life today! Namaste.” – Lauren




Marsharika Coleman


  •  Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   Licensed Massage Therapist in Alabama (LMT)
  •   PLA#: MT21806576
  •   National Provider Identifier #: 1790250777
  •   Member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  •   Customized Therapeutics: Therapeutic Massage, Myofascial Release (MFR), Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Relaxation & Wellness Massage, Prenatal & Couples Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Reflexology and Reiki.

Marsharika joined Vital Living in August 2018 after moving to Fort Wayne from Huntsville, Alabama.  She's a 2017 Massage Therapy graduate of Virginia College in Huntsville. Her education is ongoing. She thrives on learning new things to enrich her own life and to benefit others. She has expanded her knowledge of complimentary approaches to health and wellness through yoga, aromatherapy, energetic therapies, nutrition, music and dance. She took a leap (literally) this year with her first starring role playing the female lead, Ti Moune, in the musical "Once On This Island" with the Three Rivers Music Theatre. 

Marsharika always has a smile on her face and her enthusiasm and positive outlook uplifts those around her.  Her "personality" is her first impression, but her Massage Therapy skills show how she harnesses and grounds all of that creative energy.  Her ability to affect therapeutic change in her clients and improve their quality of life through pain relief, increased flexibility, improved emotional stability, etc... are why her clients become "regulars".    Her clients often comment that her "intuitive radar" is right on target.  

 




Stephanie Florin


  •   Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB)
  •   Advanced Certification in Medical Massage Therapy
  •   Certified in Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and Fascial Movement Taping
  •   Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (CPT)
  •   Reiki Master Teacher
  •   PLA#: MT21204286
  •   National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: 1851775209
  •   Customized Therapeutics: Integrated Deep Tissue for Pain Management, Orthopedic & Medical Massage, Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Cupping Therapy, Myofascial Release (MFR), Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Prenatal Medical Massage, Post-Op Rehabilitation, Fascial Movement Taping for Pain and Posture, and Reiki

Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi.


That’s what Stephanie aspires to… to be aware of how her thoughts, emotions, and actions influence herself and the world around her; to strive every day to make a difference in the lives of others. Her enthusiasm is contagious and you’ll find her to be a wealth of information.

Stephanie’s Family

Stephanie graduated from Ivy Tech with an AAS in Therapeutic Massage, is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and just completed an intensive year-long Medical Massage program. She now has an Advanced Certification in Medical Massage Therapy. Stephanie’s love is to use her talents in treating clients who are having pain or dysfunction rather than doing relaxation massage.

Trained in many healing modalities, Stephanie is able to work with clients experiencing a wide range of issues. Her background as a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, certified through the National Federation for Professional Trainers (NFPT), has been a valuable asset in treating her massage clients and also in working with fitness and healthcare professionals of Northeast Indiana. Her skills and knowledge of muscle imbalances and biomechanical assessment enable her to more effectively assess, treat and educate her clients. Some of her continuing education has been in Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Release for treatment of head and neck, Cupping Therapy and Fascial Movement Taping for Pain and Posture. Besides those mentioned, Stephanie’s therapeutic specialties include Integrated Deep Tissue for Pain Management, Orthopedic and Medical Massage Therapy and Neuromuscular Therapy.




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